Beating data center energy hogs with energy-efficient technology

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With an ever increasing amount of data driving the need for data transfer and storage, it is more important now than ever for data centers to manage their energy use in the most efficient way possible.

"Data center managers are under constant pressure to lower the TCO (total cost of ownership) and energy is one of the main components of the overall data center operation cost," said Frost & Sullivan Energy & Power Systems industry analyst Gautham Gnanajothi.  "In an existing data center the most effective method to reduce the TCO is to employ energy-efficient solutions in the key areas of power and cooling."

As mission critical facilities, data centers must employ high powered (but still highly efficient) uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and cooling and HVAC systems.

Typical UPS systems consume 7 percent of the data center's energy while cooling and HVAC systems account for half of the energy consumption. Using the most energy efficient system, then, is critically important.

Modular UPS systems are of the more highly efficient systems that also address the issue of floor space in the data center. Innovative cooling solutions like fresh air free cooling will lower energy costs.

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